Fire rises in the earth,
attempting to incinerate water.
Steam marks the liquid escape,
a graceful dance with air.
Bison ignores bubbling mud-pots,
ignores the play of fire and water
in multi-colored earth.
Bison walks with purpose.
Uncrowned monarch of Yellowstone,
this solitary bison disdains man,
with his fences, cars and cameras.
Bison knows the earth.
A scorched landscape honors
the steady footfall of bison
integrating the four elements
in a giant’s unswerving path.